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16 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Chelsey Johnston - 18 Jul 2018

Getting up at 6am in the freezing cold, coming home while it's still dark...we don't blame you for living for the weekend RN. So we tracked down all the excellent stuff happening in Melbourne this Saturday and Sunday, whether it's shovelling down hot dogs, indulging in truffles or getting a bit freaky in the dark (more deets below). We got you, guys.

Here's 15 awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne. 

All Weekend

Queen Vic Market

You know that feeling when you kinda want to communicate with the dead, kinda want to check out homemade crafts? Yeah, us too. Well, now you can do both. Every weekend this month, Queen Vic Market will be hosting an exclusive Boutique Winter Marketplace, choc-full of ceramics, knits and other goodies. Then, only a short walk away, you can plunge into darkness in a giant shipping container for Séance, an intense and supernatural theatre experience. Uh, cool.

Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen St
When: Boutique Marketplace is running every weekend in July, Séance is every Saturday from 6pm until 29 August
For more info, click here

Rocky Horror Picture Show

LET’S DO THE TIMEWARP AGAAAAAIN! If the name ‘Frank N Furter’ sets you in a spin of leather, fishnets and black lip liner, get ready to live 1975 again at this new theatre show hitting Melbourne. Get in quick so you don’t miss out! How much of a Dammit, Janet moment would that be?

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition St, CBD
When: Opening night is Wednesday 18 July, shows run Tuesdays – Saturdays
For more info, click here

Mega Plant Warehouse Sale

If you own a plant and have yet to kill it, raise your hand. No one? Well, time to restock on the green babies, because The Ascot Lot is hosting a mega-massive-giant plant sale this weekend. As well as all things leafy, Little Creatures Brewery will be showcasing their new range of Winter Ales, and Canine Wellness will be serving up treats for your doggos. Beer, dogs and plants. Can you get a more stunning combination?

Where: 466 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale, 3032
When: Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July, from 2pm
For more info, click here

Design Workshops

Have you finished binge-watching The Great Interior Design Challenge on Netflix and fancy a bit of IRL action? Décor + Design are launching the Australian House + Garden International Seminar Series, where a bunch of those elusive, effortlessly cool people (seriously, how do they do that?) will help us unstylish saps learn how to decorate to the theme of ‘Everyday Luxury’.

Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf 
When: Thursday 19 July – Sunday 22 July
For more info, click here

Whisky, Wine and Fire

There’s three things that can help keep you warm in winter—and that’s whisky, wine and fire. This Caulfield Racecourse event has them all. There’ll be booze from STARWARD and Bellgrove Distillery, flame-grilled skewers from Burn City Smokers, and if you stand by the fire too long and start wiping sweat off your brow, Glace is serving up frozen treats for your benefit, too.

Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield
When: Thursday 19 July – Sunday 22 July
For more info, click here

Melbourne Star Festival

Melbourne Central is chucking a huge star-themed festival this weekend. Here’s the deal: there’s free cocktails, star sign readings and a total Insta-amazing Star Room where you can take selfies in a twinkly paradise. Love hearts get their turn every Valentine's Day, so we think it’s high time the simple star got some spotlight.

Where: Melbourne Central, La Trobe St & Swanston Street, CBD
When: Thursday 19 July + Friday 20 July, 5pm-9pm
For more info, click here

Friday 20 July

24 Moons Burlesque Finals

Feathers, sequins, high heels and sass—you better be ready for the Mr Boylesque Australia Finals. (Geddit?) The top 5 boylesque stars will battle it out on stage in three categories; Red Carpet, Unique and Striptease. We recommend you wear glitter. This is gonna get wild. 

Where: 24 Moons, 2 Arthurton Rd, Northcote 
When: Friday 20 July, 10pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 21 July

Rack ‘n’ Run Wine Tasting

This one's for the wine-lovers (so ok, all of you). We’re spoilt for choice with quality wines here in Aus, but there’s *always* more to explore. Rack n' Ruin in Beaumaris is taking us on a boozy tour through the wine regions of Spain and Portugal this Saturday. You can expect Spanish sherry, Portugal port wine and a wide selection of delish white and reds. Ole!

Where: Rack n' Ruin, 472B Beach Rd, Beaumaris
When: Saturday 21 July from 2pm
For more info, click here

Luna Park Hot Dog Fest

Uh, does someone want to explain how we’re halfway through July and no-one's told us that this month is International Hot Dog Month?! Luckily, Luna Park is pulling through and hosting a Hot Dog Fest this weekend, complete with Hot Dog eating competition—pro tip, wear stretchy pants. Winner takes home $500 whackaroos, an annual Luna Park pass, a trophy and the pride of being the fastest hotdog guzzler, of course.

Where: Luna Park, 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda 
When: Saturday 21 July, from 11am
For more info, click here

Crux & Co Winter Degustation

You all know how much we froth over a quality degustation, and guys, this is quality. Brunch hotspot Crux & Co is transforming to a fine dining deluxe destination for one night only, headed by Michelin-star chef Masahiko Yomoda and Iron Chef prodigy, Ryo Northfield. It’s going to be a French-Japanese fusion party. It’s going to be ah-maze.

When: Saturday 21 July, 6pm
Where: The Crux & Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne 
For more info, click here

Sunday 22 July

Hanoi Hannah X Lune: Good Morning Vietnam 

In the greatest collab of the history of collabs, Hanoi Hannah, Lune Croissiantare and Industry Beans are hosting a brunch together. Yep. Vietnamese powerhouse, coffee magicians and the croissants that dreams are made of are all. Going. To. Be. In. The. Same. Place. Not only that, but all proceeds raised at the brunch will go towards the Royal Children’s Hospital. Stop it, you guys.

When: Sunday 22 July, 9am-10.30am, 10.30am-12.00pm and 12.00pm-1.30pm
Where: Hanoi Hannah New Quarter, 79 Swan Street, Richmond 3121 
For more info, click here

For The Diary

World Tequila Day

World Tequila Day is on its way! And that means late night, shameful memories and some banging craft tequilas. Melbourne's best bars are getting in on the action too: Diesel Bar have a new tropical margarita and Freddie Wimpoles are making one with jalapenos. Sounds freaking potent. Check out all the action here

When: 24 July 2018
Where: Various
For more info, click here


Fancy a night of Krusty Burgers and talking about everyone’s favourite yellow people? The Mill House on Flinders are hosting monthly trivia nights, first up being The Simpsons. Show your knowledge of the longest running funny people on telly, and chow down on $10 Krusty Burgers and Flaming Moe’s cocktails. The Mill House...geddit? 

When: Monday 23 July, from 5pm
Where: The Mill House, 277-279 Flinders St, CBD
For more info, click here


Truffle, truffle, truffle. The cry you can hear echoing throughout Melbourne all season long. If you still can’t get enough, we have some good news for you, because the fun isn’t over yet. The Vue Group are hosting three truffle-themed events—a seafood-truffle dinner, a truffley dinner based on our own local produce, and a boozy truffle brunch. Sign us up for all three.

Where: Various l
When: Friday 10 August 7pm, Saturday 11 August 10am and Thursday 16 August 7pm.
For more info, click here

Central Beer District At Queen Vic

We’re guessing you’re already sold by those three words alone. Coming up in August, Queen Vic will be hosting a pop-up beer oasis (such a mysteriiiiooous word) called Central Beer District. They’ll be showcasing all of Melb’s greatest beers, from breweries like Brewmanity, Hop Nation, Coldstream Brewery and lead by new brewery Brick Lane Brewing Co. Bevvy time, guys!

Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen St, Melbourne 3000
When: Weekends, 4 August – 9 September
For more, info click here

Arbory Winter Roast: August

New month, new Arbory winter roast. Buckle up for August, because the guys at Arbory are going to be rocking Lamb & Tempranillo every day for the whole damn month. You get a fall-off-the-bone lamb shank, creamy mash, seasonal veg and a banging glass of 2015 'Matsu 'El Recio' Tempranillo, all for $25pp. It's all part of their annual Winter Roast Collection. 

Where: Arbory, CBD
When: Every day in August
For more info, click here


You’ve watched the entire 10 seasons at least three hundred and sixty times. You can speak along with the characters. You’re that incredibly annoying person that nudges the person next to you and says, “wait for it!” just before something funny happen. (If that really is you, stop it right now.) Put your Friends knowledge to the test at the Central Perk group themed trivia night at Hophaus Bier Bar & Grill.

Where: Hophaus, MR5/3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
When: Wednesday 25 July, 6pm
For more info, click here

Barossa Wine Tasting Sesh

Some of the Barossa's best winemakers are coming to Melbs next month for the annual Cellarmaster's Meet The Maker Series. You'll be able to taste up to 60 of the Barossa's best drops, and chat to the vintners who make them. Spitting into silver buckets is totally fine (in fact it's encouraged).

Where: Peninsula Docklands, 14/161 Harbour Esplanade
When: Friday 17 August
For more info, click here

Hop, Skip, Fly Supernormal X Mrs Hoppers X Milk The Cow

This is Melbourne's hottest food crawl right now, a three-venue gorge-fest featuring Supernormal Canteen. Mrs Hoppers and Milk The Cow. The special degustation has become so popular that the teams have extended the run through August. It's going down every Wednesday night, and you WILL need to book.

Where: Fitzroy St, St Kilda
When: Wednesdays through July/August
For more info, click here

Oh yeah, one more thing going down next month. Victoria's hot chocolate fest is BACK. 

Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis

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